Ah, the humble office plant. At first glance, upon entering a hectic workplace, you may not even notice it. These valiantly placed flourishes of greenery often fight for space amidst the hustle and bustle of generic chairs and desks; drowning in a sea of clacking keyboards and whirring photocopiers.
Yet, in many ways, they have the ability to transform a working environment like nothing else. For those of us required to visit the same mundane spaces daily, these links to the outside world can make a small but tangible difference. To be able to glance up from a humming screen and momentarily witness the inherent beauty of nature, the serenity of still life, is simply invaluable.
Polly Brown is a London-based artist and photographer who captured the role that office plants play in her first major published work: ‘Plants’. She gained access to some of the world’s most prestigious and meticulously presented companies, and their often less-than-glamorous offices…
Fascinated with the concept of liminal spaces since her time studying Fine Art at Central St. Martins, Brown’s work explores ideas around transience and permanence, the personal and the inanimate, natural and man-made environments. The stark reality and poignant, almost emotional, resonance of Plants encapsulates these trains of thought, and has since led to a number of commissions from the likes of the Frieze Art Fair and renowned fashion house Givenchy.